Welcome to the website of the Numerical Cognition Laboratory. Our lab is housed within the Department of Psychology at The University of Western Ontario. The focus of our research is on gaining a better understanding of how children develop numerical and mathematical competencies, why some children fail to acquire basic calculation skills (Developmental Dyscalculia) as well as what brain circuits are associated with the processing of number and our ability to calculate. One of the central aims of our research is to better understand how basic numerical competencies, that we share with other species, become transformed through the processes of development and enculturation.
The Numerical Cognition Laboratory is directed by Dr. Daniel Ansari and consists of graduate students from the Graduate Programs in Psychology, Neuroscience and Education, postdoctoral fellows as well as undergraduate honors thesis students and research assistants. At Western, we are part of the Centre for Brain and Mind (http://www.uwo.ca/its/brain/) and collaborate with colleagues in the Faculty of Education and the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. We also have many national and international collaborations.
- Our lab featured in the Globe & Mail - November 3, 2013
Research from our lab was featured in the Globe & Mail Focus section on October 26th: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/science/the-root-of-the-problem-this-is-your-brain-on-math/article15081244/?page=all
- August 29th- Three students in the Numerical Cognition successfully defend their PhD's - September 8, 2013
We have had an examination filled summer in the lab. Nadia Nosworthy, Stephan Vogel and Christian Battista have all successfully defended their PhD’s this summer. Congratulations to Drs. Nosworthy, Vogel and Battista!!!
Nadia has already started a junior faculty position in the Department of Graduate Psychology & Counselling at Andrews University in Michigan. Stephan is now working at the post-doctoral fellow at the University of Goettingen in Roland Grabner’s research group and Christian is heading to Stanford to work as a post-doctoral fellow in Vinod Menon’s group. We wish them a great start in their new positions and lots of success!
- July 10th- Stephanie Bugden wins award - September 8, 2013
It has been announced that Stephanie Bugden has won the 2013 Dr Benjamin Goldberg Research Award from the Developmental Disabilities Division at Western University. This award will support Stephanie’s PhD work on Developmental Dyscalculia. Congratulations Stephanie!